As individual people, the wisest thing to do in life is to save for and invest towards the future... I'm looking at my stock account and I'm pleasantly surprised at what AT&T and Costco paid me last year just to keep a few bucks invested in their companies. Long term, this is going to ROCK! What if, while We still have decent credit, We, The People borrowed some more cash from the Chinese and used it to invest in dividend paying American company stocks? What if we tied congressional pay to the increases AND decreases in the value of the stock fund they'd be charged with managing over the course of time? If we had alternate ways to pay for education, roads and space exploration, do you reckon our grandkids might have a shot at adequate government services AND the reasonable taxes we all dream of?